9. Interlude 1   (1:59)

music © 1996 by walter nicholls & colin nicholls


Some themes from the prologue are revisited in this short instrumental bridge to the next song.

Production Notes

Originally this was twice as long but we concentrated it down to just two passes through the chord sequence.

Strings: Cakewalk Dimension Pro "Ensemble Quartet"
Bass: Carvin BK5
Keyboards: Roland D-550 "glassVoices"
PianoTeq 4 VSTi (low piano)
Roland VK8 (organ ostinato)
Roland Fantom (lead monosynth ostinato)
Cakewalk Dimension Pro (Female "Ah"s)
Guitars: Ovation Steel String
Yamaha GC172SF
Gibson L6-S with E-Bow
Percussion: Doumbek
XLN Addictive Drums VSTi
Samples: This features an excerpt from a soundtrack from an unfinished film by Gavin Endicott. I've adapted some of our music for Gavin's film projects in the past. Used with permission.

Early Stages

Since 1988 we've been recording our jam sessions on tape cassette. In 1999 I digitized the archives for reference. Any moments of magic relevant to this track, I've extracted and present here.

Figuring out the chords (1994):

As much as I would love to take credit for this chord sequence, here's Walter figuring it out in one take in 1994. He's playing chords on the D-50 and stomping on the hold pedal while playing the bass and piano riff. We didn't keep the 5/4 time signature, though.

Interlude 1 demo (1996):

This version is almost entirely sequenced on the Korg M1, except for the guitar and D-50 "glass voices" pad. We prepared this particular version for a film project by Gavin Endicott, but it was unused.

That wonderful guitar drone is produced by using a device called an "E-Bow".

Interlude 1 demo (2006):

We're getting pretty close to the final version at this point. I can hear some timing issues... I ended up re-recording pretty much everything by the time I'd finished with it.